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|Bishop and Smallwood Linked|
I'm pleased to see Colby Bishop linked with us, and I hope we keep Teddy too. An episcopacy would surely be able to summon up good fortune.
|Defoe Linked But Deal Unlikely|
Are they the same people who said they wanted to sign Drogba at 43, or is it just other people posting here?
|Defoe Linked But Deal Unlikely|
If we are going to go down this ageing striker route, I'd rather we signed Cameron Jerome, who showed what he can do in a 'one up front', good footballing side, in League One, last season. And that's despite his history up the road.
|Bradley Set to Stay at Luton|
There are rumours (speculation) and then there are very credible news stories by credible journalists; this very much falls into the latter category.
TWTD posts both types of stories, but clearly indicates the distinction between the two by use of direct language when substantiated, and couched language, such as 'is being reported' / 'is unlikely to be the case', when they have no source for the rumour themselves.
Given how strongly Stuart Watson (EADT/KOA Pod) was reporting on this deal almost being agreed, I think we can take it as 99% certain that we were at an advanced stage with this possible transfer.
It is a significant, albeit an early one, blow to PC's summer recruitment programme. Not particularly because Wilson & Chambers have gone, while Nsiala & Woolfenden have also been told that they are not valued here, because there is plenty of time yet to replace them all; but more for the statement of intent that it would have sent out. Footballers can be a bit like sheep when it comes to signing contracts, while those who do sign & then see all the promises made of quality signings to come not materialising (think Bart during his final season here, when Webster, Waghorn & Garner were all sold after he had signed, only to be replaced by League 2 quality players), can very quickly get frustrated & become a problem in terms of attitude, atmosphere & form.
Bradley would have been an excellent signing in a number of ways; ability, presence, leadership, proven Championship experience, attitude & statement of intent ; it seems very likely that we have lost out on him, so it is important for Cook to have a similar replacement in mind & is ready to move quickly.
The Rhodes link also appears to be credible, so that is the loss of 2 big statement signings in 2 days. Just like the positive momentum those 2 would have given us, missing out on them, publically, can have the opposite effect & make other potential signings a bit more wary of what coming to Portman Road will offer them.
The next 2 weeks are going to be very important to the Paul Cook revolution.
|Blues and Charlton Linked With Owls Midfielder|
I'd happily take Barry Bannon from Wednesday too, even though he's 31. Smashing footballer with an eye for goal; but he signed a new contract with them during the season so won't be leaving to go to another League 1 club.
|Cook: All the Decisions Have Been Made|
It's really interesting how this thread has gone in the last 24 hours, and how divided opinions appear to be. As with politics & social issues in the modern world, we all seem to identify with our man/woman/tribe now, so you are either on one side or the other, one extreme position or the other and therefore consensus around much of the discussion cannot happen.
I was very much in the 'Lambert out' camp since December, and very much in the 'Paul Cook is the best possible replacement we can get' camp right from then too. The reason I wanted Paul Lambert out then was that I could see we were heading down the same road as last season & would again miss out on promotion/the playoffs, unnecessarily, in a very poor league. We needed to make the change, which would give the team the bounce it needed, before it was too late. The longer it went on under Lambert, the worse it got, until eventually he got the sack & to my delight he was replaced by Paul Cook.
It was much later than I would have liked, but as luck would have it, the league was even worse than I had thought, and nearly all the other playoff contenders were doing their best to help us make the top 6. Happy Days! Not only did I assume that the playoffs were now guaranteed, I started telling people that we can win the league due to our easier run in than our rivals.
I wasn't calling on Lambert to be sacked then and Cook appointed in order for him to get us promotion next season, thanks to a full clear out of our players and a war chest assisted recruitment drive; I wanted it to happen in order that we could rescue this season, hopefully get up through the playoffs and reestablish ourselves as a Championship next season. Lambert may have gotten us up next season with a massive transfer fund, maybe even Hurst, and Mick McCarthy most certainly would.
My criticism of Cook is that he has failed to achieve anything in the time he is here, in fact we have gotten worse. Hurst was already heading for the door after 14 matches - In the Championship.
I'm sure we'll be much better next season, with his newly recruited players in place,. but I don't we should completely ignore his failure at the moment, on the basis that things here have been badly run, the players have underperformed and it should be better next season.
Paul Cook was appointed under Marcus Evans; now it's unthinkable that the new owners were not involved in/aware of that decision at the time, given how advanced the takeover was, but had it fallen through & Evans was still in charge, & likely to be for next season, how comfortable would you be with Paul Cook as manager going forward, without the ability to just discard many financial assets with a clause in their contracts, or the funds to bring in the new players that we are all expecting?
A good manager's first job is to assess what he has & get the best out of them for the benefit of the club; objectively, Paul Cook has failed miserably in that department, and worse still has responded by throwing the entire playing squad - no matter how many of them may deserve it - under the bus in order to protect himself; something which until now was regarded as a no no.
|Cook: All the Decisions Have Been Made|
I am somewhat uncomfortable about PC coming out so forcefully on this.
Yes the players have massively underperformed and a big clear out is required, but sometimes that is due to factors like management, coaching, training, tactics, culture as opposed to ability & drive.
Maybe he is speaking to some of the players in a more considered, behind the scenes manner, because coming out so vocally in a broad fashion like this cannot be positive for anyone there.
As for players who might be in line to come in, reading this is not exactly the big motivator that they like to get before committing themselves to a 3 year contract.
Also, PC is very lucky that he has such financial backing behind him as he embarks on this transformation. Paul Hurst went about making mass player changes of this nature, but needed to sell off our best players, that we wanted to keep, in order to fund it. PC has just told any club that might be considering our players, that they are rubbish & he is getting rid of them anyway. Bad & all as many of them have been, they are (were) significant financial assets to the club; we'll be lucky to get half of what we might have gotten prior to these outbursts.
Marcus Evans let the cash flow early on too, as it was wasted on a number of Roy Keane's flops; but even our new owners will reign in the spending after a while if we are not getting results. The business model has to include sensible, targeted purchases & and value/profitable sales.
Finally, I hope PC gets the players he wants during the summer. If we are letting so many go, we will need to bring in quite a few also, even with an overall reduced squad. We don't want to be losing the likes of Wilson & Bishop, only to find that our targeted replacements are not coming, or are far too expensive, and therefore end up having to get last minute journeymen in the door to make up the numbers.
|Former Striker Rhodes Linked|
He is not what PC is looking for in his one up top formation. Yes he's a goalscorer, which we are crying out for, but so much more is required of the centre forward in Cook's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, which he will be playing next season.
Jordan has never managed to stay in one place for too long. Despite scoring goals wherever he went, managers were always prepared to let him go, even when they had paid big money for him & weren't being offered more to sell. His overall game & contribution to the team is not what it should be, which is why he never regarded as a Premier League forward.
|Cook: Painful Nights Like These Hurt Me Deeply and I'm Sure They Hurt Our Supporters|
I was very much a 'get Paul Cook in ASAP' supporter for months, because I felt we were wasting games with an ineffective manager who didn't know what he was doing or who his best team were & therefore jeopardising getting a playoff spot.
While I accept the argument that these aren't 'his players' & a manager needs time to get things how they want them, I also believe that a good manager's first duty is to get the best out of the players he has - Paul Cook has failed miserably at that over his first 12 games. Think about how we would have responded had Lambert started like that IN LEAGUE ONE, or even Paul Hurst if he managed us in League One.
Yes we need a change of culture & a big clear out of players, but Paul Cook is very lucky that the takeover has gone through & he is going to be the moneybags manager this summer. Had it not happened, & if we were heading into another season of Marcus Evans belt tightening; just how happy & confident would we be feeling now with Paul Cook at the helm for next season?
|AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Ipswich Town - Half-Time|
Well that's certainly that for another season. If this league wasn't so bad this season we would surely have been relegation haunted now. All the damage done by previous managers, but really disappointed that Cook hasn't managed to get anything out of this squad. Considering the quick change in the fortunes of Sunderland & Portsmouth (our peers in this league) when Johnson & Cowley took over, this has been a real anti-climax.
|Cook: Switching to Two Up Front Changes Whole Ethos of Your Team|
I agree with Unknown above. Cook has been a breath of fresh air since coming in, but my one negative with him would be his insistence on sticking to his favoured formation, regardless of the players at his disposal & their current form. The immediate objective is to get the most out of what we have in order to get out of the league, over the reducing number of games left.
By all means be planning for shipping out those that don't suit the way he wants to play when summer comes & for bringing in those who will best suit his style of play, but until then a good manager should be able to play the hand he is dealt.
|Skuse Makes First Start of Season at Fleetwood|
Other results going our way so far (24 minutes in). Real opportunity to cement our place in the playoffs & keep up the chance of making the automatic spots IF we get a win. Psychologically it would be a real boost to overtake Doncaster & close in on Lincoln, who are both losing.
|Cook to Make Changes as Hawkins and Skuse Make Progress|
Unless PC was able to stick his foot up Huws's backside in less than a week, it's hard to see him get a start tomorrow night. If he had shown any form over the last few months he would be a real asset, as he has the strength, touch & composure that is needed in our midfield, but he has been so poor it's difficult to him being parachuted in from the cold. As I say, if PC can get a tune out of him, brilliant, but we've had our hopes dashed with him once or twice before.
My guess is that it's Matheson for Chambers.
|Town Confirm Cook Appointment|
As good an appointment as we could have expected given the league we are in & our recent history. Welcome Paul,; now let's get ourselves back into the top 6 & start improving our goal difference, which could yet be a factor.
Big game tonight & coming up against a well oiled Lincoln, outside of that we only have 1 other difficult game, on paper, in our run in. Promotion is still achievable.
|O'Neill: Is Paul Cook the Next Town Manager? I Don't Have the Answer to That Question|
You made no reference to Lambert in your comment, so you're not sure why I asked! That's what you are going with here; in a comment about a manager being hounded out by keyword warriors, on a story about him being replaced after just losing his job less than 24 hours earlier, after many posters on here were calling for him to be sacked. I don't know what I must have been thinking, putting 2 + 2 together on that & arriving at semantics.
Toxic/bullying comments on here or elsewhere didn't get Lambert sacked or see him hounded out, not that you were referring to him of course. Fair & reasoned comments by multiple posters may have contributed to a certain degree in helping gauge the general mood of supporters; the regulars columns & the call for his sacking from local newspapers would have carried greater weight, as would commentary from Mick Mills & other former players, but ultimately football results are what done for Paul Lambert here.
Calling those who express an opinion on the manager of the club 'keyboard warriors' is no more valid than someone doing the same to you for your crusade.
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